Is Willie Davis capable of violence? That's the question defense attorneys left jurors pondering Thursday afternoon.
Davis, who is standing trial for capital murder for his role in the death of local rap producer Tommy Andrade, watched as four of his acquaintances, friends and co-workers testified on his behalf.
The first witness called was Walter Wilcox, a former Brazos County Commissioner and friend of the defendant. Wilcox testified he met Davis at the Texas Hall of Fame, a popular area dance hall, in the late 1980's.
He said in his opinion, Davis was a peaceful person, and he testified he thought his reputation in the community was the same.
James Dyre, of Navasota, agreed. Dyre testified he had met Davis through the Bryan Bass Club 30 years ago, and that they've been fishing buddies ever since.
Dyre said in his opinion Davis was a non-violent person.
"As far as I can say, I've never seen Willie Davis strike a match," Dyre testified.
Prosecutors questioned how long one of the character witnesses had lived in Brazos County, inferring that the witness may not have been aware of or qualified enough to testify regarding Davis' reputation in the community.
Lead investigator Fred Kindell with the Brazos County Sheriff's Office was cross-examined by the defense. Kindell was asked about his conversation with Sandra Albably, the mother of convicted middleman Thomas "T.J." Parent.
Parent is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence for the crime. He allegedly found the three hitmen to carry out the deadly raid on Andrade.
Sandra Albably, also a registered nurse, testified earlier in the trial she was called to assist the morning after Andrade was killed. She said she met Davis in a Georgia Wal-Mart parking lot where his tour bus was parked. That's where she said her son told her Davis had driven the two hitmen from Brazos County to Atlanta. During a ten minute visit, Albably testified that Davis said "I told my boys this would happen."
Thursday, the defense asked why there was no documentation of interviews Kindell had with Albably, inferring the investigator was trying to hide the fact Albably could not identify Willie Davis in a mug-shot line-up.
Prosecutors later asked Kindell if he was hiding something. He said no.
The defense is expected to continue calling witnesses Friday morning in the 85th District courtroom.